Saturday, January 4, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Saturday, January 4 The Afternoon Edition

Check out the Preview Edition of Isla Mujeres Magazine 

See what's coming in January

Events in Isla & Articles in the Magazine

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte

  LINK to 24 hour time lapse of the webcam

The "Morning Edition" has translated headlines &  newspaper photos. This Afternoon Edition has  translations of the news articles,  Daily Events, the Live Music Schedule  & the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section including photos & info from individuals & local businesses .... Daily In Isla Mujeres. There are always links to the original articles in Spanish.

Check out the Daily Specials...with Delivery numbers and Menus...see tab at top of page.

  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

15% property tax discount during January

Ahora, descuento del 15%

Viernes, 03 de Enero de 2014 22:01

Ofrece la Comuna en pago del impuesto predial, durante enero

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 3 de enero.- 
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In December the property tax discount was 25% and in January it is 15%, and can be paid at City Hall between 9am and 6pm. There is also a fifty percent discount available to senior citizens and people with special needs.  In February the discount will be ten percent. 

 Ferry rate adjusted due to IVA tax increase

Aplican ajuste en tarifas de cruce

Viernes, 03 de Enero de 2014 21:28

Ante homologación del IVA

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 3 de enero.- .
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 With the increase in the Value Added Tax to 16%, the price of  one-way Ultramar ferry tickets rose as follows: Students: from 15 to 16 pesos, Residents with credential: from 40 to 42 pesos, and visitors from 70 to 78 pesos, but the round trip tourist rate is given as rising from 140 to 146 (78p x 2 = 156p, probably a typo.) According to the salesperson, tourists have not been objecting to the increase.
Port remains closed due to "Norte" : Bad for fishermen 

Puerto se mantiene cerrado por “Norte”

Viernes, 03 de Enero de 2014 21:28

Pescadores, de malas

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 3 de enero.-
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Strong winds from Cold Front #23 caused closure of the port to general navigation except the ferry vessels. At first the Harbor Master allowed navigation within the lagoon area and to El Farito so the tour boat operators could offer their services, but due to the strength of the winds, at three o'clock in the afternoon the port was closed to general navigation to avoid accidents (except the ferries). This affected all the mariners of the island; fishermen, 'lancheros' who offer tours, divers, and sports fisherman, with more impact now that the influx of visitors is considerable. 

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

In trouble because of tonnes of trash
  • En ‘aprietos’ por toneladas de basura


    En ‘aprietos’ por toneladas de basura

    0 04 de enero de 2014

    Por Carlos Gasca-Quequi.-

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Ferry company helps Islander budgets

Apoyará naviera economía de isleños

Apoyará naviera economía de isleños
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Concern that bridge could hazardous

Advierten por peligro de derrumbe de puente

Advierten por peligro  de derrumbe de puente
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Cold front causes suspension of maritime activites

Provoca frente frío suspensión de las actividades marítimas

Provoca frente frío suspensión de las actividades marítimas.
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Tax increase raises liquor prices

Se suman los licores al alza de impuestos

Se suman los licores  al alza de impuestos
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Preventing breeding of  mosquitoes

Evitan proliferación de criaderos de moscos

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  Winter season smiles on boat tour operators

Sonríe la temporada invernal a lancheros

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 por esto

Ferry adjusts rates with increased VAT
Ferry ajusta su tarifa por subir IVAVer mas
 The vehicular ferry to Punta Sam has raised prices in accordance with the 5% increase in the VAT tax (from 11% to 16%), but continues to offer a preferential discount of 10% to residents. The prices for various vehicles are given in the article, and include the driver. Children over ten pay the adult price.

Merchants are 'voracious predators'
Voraz rapiña de comerciantes[+] Ver mas
Most of this article concerns Coca-Cola prices, noting that a 2.5 liter bottle was available for 21 pesos, and is now sold for 26 pesos and up, with some small shops 'breaking the 30 peso barrier". Coca Cola plans to distribute posters to help prevent overpricing with their suggested prices as follows: 500ml (16oz) for 8p, 600ml for 9p, and a liter for 16p.
   According to the employees who were changing prices at the grocery stores, the prices of canned goods rose by 10 percent, while executives deny this and say they were raised 5% in accordance with the 5% increase in the VAT tax.
    Some consumers agreed that the increases were greater than 5% at the franchise stores, with the following price changes given, "which vary by brand and variety": liter of oil from 26 to 34.9p, 140gms of tuna from 8 to 16.54p, and a 640 ml can of beans from 11 to 11.86p.
   At greengrocers, per kilo,  salad tomatoes are selling for 28.3p, onions for 28.7p, chayotes for 7p, potatoes for 17.9p, and Tobasco bananas/platanos for 17.7p. Staple foods such a sugar, beans, meat and similar products sold in bulk are not supposed to be subject to VAT taxes.

Poor weather
Vuelve hacer de las suyas el clima[+] Ver mas
The effects of cold fronth #23 with strong north easterly winds prevented tourists from visiting the beaches, which were empty, and instead they used golf carts to tour the island attractions. All activities decreased, and the Harbor Master urged caution after noon. The fishermen discontinued activities, and in the morning, the tours could only operate within the bay.
       There was intermittent drizzle throughout the day, CONAGUA recommended that smaller boats should not go out on Saturday when we may be in the midst of the increasing strength of this mass of polar air that began to affect the peninsular region on Friday.
    The medical personal of the General Hospital gave the usual advice about avoiding exposure to sudden temperature changes and ingesting foods and beverages high in vitamin C. HERE is a website for weather forecasts.

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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe or Monchi's,shop at Chedraui or visit restaurants, bars, & beach clubs; minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a pharmacy and variety of other stores and small local restaurants

FOR JANUARY EVENTS>>>>visit the preview edition of the Isla Mujeres Magazine...which will benefit Isla Mujeres Charities! HERE   

It's King's Day on Monday & the Mayor has asked the Foreign Community if we'd pitch in with the Toy Collection & he invited us to the DIF distribution at the Basketball court/dome in La Gloria 5pm. Drop toys off at Barlitos today 8-4 or Monday 9-2, or Sunday at Paradice Ice Cream, upstairs at Hidalgo & the town square.

Roots Clinic Open Grand Opening: Rescheduled due to TBA Friday Jan. 3 5pm-7pm. Located in Isla Mujeres Plaza. Sangria and snacks and check out the new location:
Roger Hardesty's photo.

 at 6:00pm   El Patio Caribbean Grill
 Charity Info
See tab at top of page!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Donation Drop offs:
Red Cross:  Social Justicia Restaurant (south of ferry terminal, north of car ferry)

 Books for Grade School Reading Program, Items for Isla Animals, Diabetes Supplies, Shoes for the Kids, Items for Little Yellow School House...Barlitos:  On Hidalgo, the pedestrian street, at Abasolo  Barlito's is closed for the holidays...If you need to drop off books, shoes, items for LYSH or Isla Animals....  contact the group (see tab at top "Charities" for contact info, or email me at

Toys for PEACE: Galerita across from Olivia's Restaurant



Iguana's: Thursday is Blues, with beer & pizza specials.  
Friday evenings have featured Cuban-Vera Cruz music. 
On Saturdays & Sundays they have   Reggae- Caribbean-Tropical music.  Starting around 6.  Saturday they are grilling & Sunday's special is paella. Usual menu also.

  Miguel's playing schedule 
 Fayne's BarandGrill  Wednesday through Saturday 10:30pm - 12:00am.
 Saturday Tequileria La Adelita's 12:00am - 2:00am for salsa night. 
 Sunday Bahia Tortuga with the Sol Rockers 7:00pm - 9:00pm

 John Cain's schedule   
Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Friday, Bally Hoo Restaurant, solo, 630 to 830 pm
Saturday, The Sunset Grill, solo, 530 to 730 pm
Sunday, Bahia Tortuga, The Sol Rockers, 630 to 900 pm 
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! ::  Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!! 
Fenix Sat ~3p Reggae/Cuban  

       Sun ~2p Salsa 
(Start times have been variable. Posted on menu board by entrance)
Fenix Lounge   Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! :: Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!!
every tuesday!You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.
ComoNo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico  RYAN RYCKMAN......back at ComoNo......every night 8:30

So far tonights gig at Sunset Grill is a go! 5:30-8:30PM. (weather permitting)
John Cain solo.

On the internet in the past 24 hours...

This is my first “official” message to the foreign residents & visitors on the Island. It is a bit short notice but that’s just the way it goes!

It was brought to the Municipio’s attention that many children from less privileged families did not receive Christmas presents & won’t receive anything on King’s Day. We are collecting new toys to give to these kids on Kings Day/Dia de Reyes which is Monday, January 6th. The gifts will be given to the kids on Monday at 5pm in the basketball dome in La Gloria. Everyone is welcome to attend.

If you have time today, tomorrow or even Monday, please pick up a toy or two & drop them off at Barlito today from 8 to 4pm, tomorrow Sunday at Los de Pescado (Barlito is closed) which is located above Paradice Ice Cream on the East corner of Hidalgo & the town square( upstairs) or on Monday at Barlito from 9 to 2pm. Chedraui has had some great sales on matchbox cars, Brenda dolls & other toys! But honestly some beach toys from the Super Express or even a toy from one of the shops downtown would be appreciated.

For those unfamiliar with King’s Day, “January 6th is Three Kings Day in Mexico, known as the Día de Reyes. This is Epiphany on the church calendar, the 12th day after Christmas, when the Magi arrived bearing gifts for baby Jesus. In Mexico children receive gifts on this day, brought by the three kings, los Reyes Magos, Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltazar. Some children receive gifts from both Santa Claus and the Kings, but Santa is seen as an imported custom, and the traditional day for Mexican children to receive gifts is January 6.” For even more information on the Mexican holiday check out

Got to love this island! I am sitting at my table this morning and I hear “Hello, hello”. I think it is my breakfast being delivered but no it is a young man in his poncho (it’s very wet out) selling bottles of fresh orange and grapefruit juices. I bought him out of the small bottles of orange juice. It is more expensive than buying the juice at the market but so convenient.

Tripe stew...Mondogo...

Cocina Yeye shared her photo.
Buen dia hoy Rico y Calientito Mondogo. ubicados 3 casas de Hotel Sueño Maya 99 81 88 84 62 costo de 55 pesos


Barbara A. Beck
Hi everyone - if interested we need some sponsors for trophies for the Island Time Fishing Tournament (check it out on its facebook page). As you may or may not know this February will be the 5th annual tournament for Help a Special Child, Inc. proceeds help fund the Little Yellow School House on Isla Mujeres, for information on the school check them out on their face book page. Happy New Year


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Daily Update: Happy New Year Everyone. This is one of Momma Mack’s pups. Is that a look of safe and content – or what. Poor Momma is sick to death of feeding the pups, they all have teeth and nails now. I’m going to up the amount of food I give them and let her off the hook. Absolutely crazy day yesterday. We had a mini clinic here and spayed and neutered eight dogs, plus we gave Brad his first treatment for heartworm and checked out a few other island dogs. I had to leave before we were finished to do the “Art Fair” downtown where I sell my books and “Oceans Potions” creams and bath gel to raise money. Never a dull moment. Everyone has recovered beautifully from surgery and Brad gets a second treatment today. We’re still worried about Murphy but he’s stable. A big thank you to Patricia who has raised the monthly donations to $1,485.00.

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